Monday, June 15, 2020

News Elsewhere: Castle Restaurant in Leicester Is Reopening for Outdoor Dining

A landmark restaurant in Central Massachusetts that announced it was up for sale earlier this year is reopening later this week.

According to a source, the Castle Restaurant is planning to open back up for outdoor dining on Friday, June 19, with a post on its Facebook page saying that "We are poised to safely and responsibly return to some sense of normalcy....We are committed to upholding the Commonwealth's safety protocols of social distancing and enhanced sanitation procedures....We know this is a little different, but we're just happy to be back home. Hope to see you soon!" Back in February, it was announced that the dining spot--which is indeed located in a stone castle--was put on the market as the owners were looking to retire, though at the time, the Castle was not planning to close at the time and the people behind it were hoping that they could sell it to people who would keep the restaurant in operation. (The restaurant did end up temporarily closing in mid-March when restrictions for Massachusetts dining spots went into effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Facebook post mentions that the new hours for The Castle Restaurant will be 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sundays; it is not yet known whether the interior of the dining spot will open during Step 2 of Phase 2 (currently, the first step of Phase 2 only allows for outdoor dining along with takeout and/or delivery, with Step 2 coming at some point during Phase 2).

The Castle Restaurant, which has been owned by the Nicas family for approximately 70 years, is known in part for its fine dining including both French and New American dishes offered. Its website can be found at

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]